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Day 1: Confessing Our Sins

September 3rd, 2017

Twenty-one Days of Prayer
Day 1: Confessing Our Sins

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

The first item of business in a season of prayer is to be sure that our sins are confessed to God, and confessed “up-to-date.” We may ask for many wonderful things, but if we have unconfessed sin in our lives, God will not hear or answer our prayers. But the good news is that God is ready to forgive if we will confess them, and He desires to cleanse us of our sins, so that we stand before Him in prayer clean.

Humility: Confession comes from a humble heart, one that desires to please the Lord. The word “confess” means to agree, and confession should not be merely a robotic exercise. Rather we should let God search us and show us our unconfessed sins.

Be specific: We should be specific in our confession - not general and vague. Name the thing you did, like Daniel did. (Daniel 9:4-19)

Go deep: Confess not only the sin, but also the thought or emotion behind it - anger, doubt, unforgiveness, lust, pride, jealousy, etc. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Trust in His forgiveness: If we confess, He will forgive and cleanse us from unrighteousness. (Psalm 32:5-7)

Forgive Others Also: Christ taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt. 6:12).

Confess Your Sins to Others: Some sins we should keep to ourselves, but others, especially habitual sins, we should confess with close brothers and sisters in Christ. Seeking accountability will help bring victory over these strongholds. (James 5:16)

21 Days of Prayer 2017